When it comes to finding innovative ways to infiltrate the U.S. market with a product, the Mexican drug cartels are, to say the least, imaginative. In particular, they claimed to have used GTA Online to recruit new members for cross-border drug trafficking.
According to a new Forbes report, drug cartels in Mexico use games like Grand Theft Auto Online to recruit drug couriers. This revelation comes after Forbes announced that the woman was named Alyssa Navarro was arrested for trying to import 60 pounds of methamphetamine From Mexico in Jeep Cherokee. He was arrested by Customs and Borders in Arizona.
When Border Guard agents asked Alyssa Navarro how she got all those drugs and why she drove them, the smuggler got an amazing answer. He said it all started after he met a certain George while playing GTA Online.. The game had experienced crazy growth last year after it was offered at the Epic Games Store, so it’s not very surprising to see malicious people use it to meet people.
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GTA Online has become a recruitment platform for drug cartels in Mexico
After the meeting, the two people added each other on Snapchat and finally agreed to meet in person. There, George claimed to have offered Navarro to transport drug shipments between the United States and Mexico with performance fees.
His official job was to transport electronic items in a Jeep from Arizona to Mexico, but drugs were clearly hidden among other products. The cartel offered to pay him $ 2,000 per trip, at an increasing rate according to the quantity it supplies.
Forbes also reports that Navarro met a man named “Alfredo,” who loaded drugs into the Jeep. It was hidden in the car’s tank. On trial last year Navarro denied his guilt conspiracy to import and sell methamphetamine and possession of drugs.